Tuesday, December 30, 2008

A Piney New Year

For your approval, here is a pix of Alpine Gardens circa 1988. For those that don't remember Alpine Gardens, it was the front and back yards of Monsanto's House of the Future. When the House was removed in 1967, Disney left the gardens intact including the covered patio which was turned into a gift stand. The majority of the gardens remained intact even through the subsequent remodels of Ariel's Grotto and Pixie Hollow. So when you look at the area today remember that some of that landscaping dates back to 1957. Happy New Year!!!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt 1927-2008

To my Miss Kitt, we will miss you! Photo courtesy www.Jalc.org

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas On Main Street, USA

This shot is from the mid '90s. The time period between Flower Street and the Carnation Cafe. Carnation's Ice Cream Parlor it to the right, where the Blue Ribbon Bakery is now and it was overflow seating for the Parlor outside. I do have to say I prefer it this way to the way it is now as it is just too congested in this area. In front, it's the Dickens Band playing Christmas songs for you. Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Parking Lot 1992

So here is a shot of the parking lot from 1992. I loved being able to park this close to the entrance. My car (pictured) at the time was a 1967 Ford Thunderbird 4 Door Landau, the kind with the suicide doors in back.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

From TV Guide

From TV Guide in February 1985, It's Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Nothing New

Sorry I havent posted lately, but I don't have anything of interest to post at the moment. Keep checking back.........

Friday, November 14, 2008

More Main Street April 1988 and a Bonus

Here are some more of Main Street, USA in April 1988. Some have been posted before but I've reposted them to be compleate. This time around, Town Square!
Here is the Guided Tour Gardens (again)

The Rest Rooms and the Fire Station.....

The Bank Of America....
The Walt Disney Story...... Maybe it will return one day!
The Mad Hatter and the Reservation Desk....

Town Square Cafe..... And here is the bonus for you today. Here is Plaza Gardens in March, 1987.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Main Street, USA! West Side! April, 1988

Here is part two of the Main Street USA series from April 1988. First up is the old locker building that was behind The Emporium. I think that this facade was much more in line with the feel of Town Square. What bothers me most about the Emporium addition in the early 1990's is that the style of the facades are more Queen Anne than Victorian.
The Emporium in its original colors.

The Crystal Arcade with it's 1980's colors.

The next two shots show the Carnation Ice Cream Parlor. This was during the first Blast To the Past Spring Promotion in 1988. The Parlor was dressed up as a 1950's malt shop.

The Sunkist Citrus House!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Main Street USA April 1988

Here is the entire east side of Main Street From April 1988. I know that a couple of these pics have been posted before, bit I am including them for the whole effect.
First up, Town Square Cafe.

The Tobacco Shop! Got A Light?

Disneyana shop and The Market House, presented by Sun Giant.

Here is center street, before the lockers were moved there.

Disney Clothier.

The Camera Shop, right after Kodak took it back over from Polaroid

The Card Corner, presented by Hallmark

The Baby Center, presented by Gerber!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Oddys

Here are some odds and ends for you today. First up is a pic of America Sings. In this pic you can see the railing very well that my colleague over at Disneyland Nomenclature Blog has a wonderful close up of.
Next, we have the 1967 Tomorrowland dedication plaque that was in the planter at the entrance to the land. It was removed in 1994 for some unknown reason.

And for those ticket junkies, you know who you are (Vintage Disneyland Ticket Blog guy :D ), here is one of mine from April 1988. A three day pass for $41.50? Count me in!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fantasyland 1987

Here are a few from April 1987. First up a view of "it's a small world" from the Videopolis entrance. Note the absence of the toy shop. It was much more clean back then too. Also note how level the ground is because there is no Toontown yet.
Next up is a view from the Skyway to Tomorrowland. Here is a view of the roof of Peter Pan/Mr. Toad/Alice.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hormel, Central Soya and before McDonald's

Here are some random shots of Frontierland from the 80's and 90's. First up is The River Belle Terrace, brought to you by Hormel - Makers of Fine Meat. Next up is Big Thunder Ranch (remember Big Thunder BBQ?), brought to you by those fine people at Central Soya.

Up last is the Harbor Galley. When this eating establishment opened it served seafood delights. A few years later, we got overpriced fries. Ewwwww! Lets hope they return this establishment back to something worth eating.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Main Street and Construction

Here is a lovely little view of the Guided Tour Gardens , circa 1990. Note how much more open it is and there were restrooms back there too.

With the construction on Tinkerbell' s Hollow (or what ever its name is), here is a pic of Ariel's Grotto being built!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Backstage Goodies

This shot is from 1997, during the Tomorrowland remodel. This is from the backstage area behind the Country Bear Theater. There, laying on the ground is the entrance sculpture to Space Mountain (the original 1977 one). It currently is the one next to the Star Trader. But if you look further in the pic, you'll see the Mouserail. Sitting in storage for years after the 35th anniversary, it will soon be chopped up and painted grey, outlined in orange tape and put into the que for Rocket Rods.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Souvenier Friday

Here is a ticket to a private party that I went to in 1995, the year of Indy. This was I believe the last year for this particular private party. If you have never been to a private party at Disneyland, it is a surreal experience. Low crowd numbers, dancers everywhere but as I remember 3 food facilities for 30,000 people! Oy!